Not all reviews are equal. Some reviews are so good they help the author(s) to advance their work and the editor to make an informed and timely publishing decision. These kinds of reviews help deliver breakthrough, verified research to the world faster.  


Inviting reviewers 

Once you have invited the reviewers of a paper you have added as an editorial record to your profile, you can then provide feedback on their reviews.  

You can invite reviewers: 

  1. When you add a new editor record 
  2. By clicking on the ‘edit’ button on an existing record  

Add their names, email addresses and date of their reviews. We will then send them a link to add the review record to their own profile.

Providing feedback 

Once the reviewers have been invited you can now provide feedback for their reviews. On the ‘edit’ page of the editor record in question please scroll down to the ‘Give reviewers credit’ section and then click on ‘Score review’ next to the relevant reviewer’s name.  

Editors rate the quality of reviews on a four-point scale, across four dimensions: 

  • Clarity:  
    • The review was easily read and interpreted by the editor and authors 
  • Helpfulness: 
    • Comments were constructive, relevant, and realistic 
  • Thoroughness: 
    • The review considered all aspects of the paper including methodology, figures, interpretation and presentation of results, ethics, relevance, etc. 
  • Timeliness:  
    • The review assignment was completed within the time limits established by the editor 

You can also provide constructive criticism in the available text box. Once you have scored the review and provided your feedback click on ‘Save changes’ to finish. 



  • A review is deemed 'Excellent' if it receives a score of 13 or more out of a possible 16. 

  • Poor = 1 point Below Average = 2 points Average = 3 points Exceptional = 4 points 

  • Exact scores are completely confidential. Written feedback is privileged between the editor and reviewer. 

  • Excellent reviews receive a gold star on the reviewer's profile and are an indicator of where reviewers have gone above and beyond. 

  • Excellent reviews which are signed and/or published will also have a gold star displayed against them on their article detail or review content pages. 

Scored reviews which do not meet the requirements for excellence are publicly indistinguishable from unscored reviews.